- 1[intransitive] (of birds, animals, etc.) to move from one part of the world to another according to the season Swallows migrate south in winter.
- 2[intransitive] (of a lot of people) to move from one town, country, etc. to go and live and/or work in another synonym emigrate Thousands were forced to migrate from rural to urban areas in search of work. See related entries: Immigration
- 3[intransitive] (specialist) to move from one place to another The infected cells then migrate to other areas of the body.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] migrate (somebody) (computing) to change, or cause somebody to change, from one computer system to another
- 5[transitive] migrate something (computing) to move programs or hardware from one computer system to another Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘move from one place to another’): from Latin migrat-
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BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they migrate
BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪt//he / she / it migrates
BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪts//past simple migrated
BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪd//past participle migrated
BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪd//-ing form migrating
BrE BrE//maɪˈɡreɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪɡreɪtɪŋ//Immigration